by James Phillips; Daily Mountain Eagle
During its monthly meeting Monday night, the Jasper City Board of Education recognized several programs from Walker High School that have excelled in recent months. Superintendent Robert Sparkman said he feels outstanding performances by students or teachers in the system should be commended. “We want to show folks how much we appreciate the hours of hard work that they put in,” Sparkman said.
The Walker High School band was recognized for placing best in class and earning a superior score in the Pell City band competition, as well as earning a superior score in the Hoover band competition. Sparkman said the group will also be performing in the Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade this Friday night. Also, the WHS Lady Vikings volleyball team was honored by the Jasper BOE for advancing to the Sweet 16 of the Class 5A volleyball tournament and finishing as the Area 13 runner up. Sparkman said the team advanced further than any other WHS volleyball team. The girls and boys cross country teams were also recognized for their season that just finished.
Cindy Diehl, a physical education teacher at Walker High, was awarded for recently being named physical educator of the year by the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
“We are very proud of all these for the things they have accomplished and for the way they represent our community,” Sparkman said.